Some retail co-ops in Kuwait have pulled out French products from its shelf because a French teacher used a caricature of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, in one of his classes, Reuters reported.
An 18-year-old beheaded the teacher for using cartoons of Mohammed in a school in France to discuss freedom of speech.
Calls to boycott French products have been gaining momentum in social media in some of the Gulf States, including Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
In Saudi Arabia, a hashtag has trended on Sunday to boycott Carrefour, a French retailer supermarket, per Reuters.
In Qatar, some supermarket chains have also announced pulling out some of its French goods from their shelves.
The calls to boycott France came after French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments last week, France 24 reported.
Macron said they will not give up Mohammed’s cartoons. He also added that the slain teacher, Samuel Paty, died because “Islamists want” France’s future.
The French foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the calls to boycott French products are “baseless and should stop immediately,” per another France 24 report.
Moreover, the foreign ministry pointed out that even the attacks against France are “being pushed by a radical minority.”
On Sunday, Macron tweeted against Islamist radicals and said France “will not give in, ever.”
France’s president also added, the country “do not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate.”
Last Friday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned the decapitation of the French teacher.
However, it also criticized France’s “justification” of blasphemy of any “religion in the name of freedom of expression,” per France 24.
France Recalls Its Ambassador from Turkey
France has also recalled its Ambassador in Ankara after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insulted Macron.
According to Erdogan, the French president needed mental treatment for his attitude against Muslims, per Financial Times.